Judson Brewer “Neurology of Addiction” and “How Mindfulness Can Help Us Change Habits and Live Happier, Healthier Lives”
Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, spoken at international conferences. You can read about his work in Time magazine, Forbes, BBC, NPR Businessweek or view his TEDx talk or 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper.
First Presentation The Neurology of Addiction –Psychological and neurobiological mechanisms of addiction and how these are targeted by mindfulness meditation.”
Second Presentation-How Mindfulness Can Help Us Change Habits and Live Happier, Healthier Lives.
Dani Shapiro “Meditation and Writing: The Stories We Carry”
Best selling Author Dani Shapiro
An acclaimed literary novelist and nonfiction writer, Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of three memoirs, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life (2013); Devotion; and Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy. Her five acclaimed novels include Family History and Black & White, both of which are in development as feature films.
Dani was chosen by Arianna Huffington to speak at the New York City “Thrive” conference. She spoke about the role of mindfulness and meditation and the creative process and led an experiential workshop that includes meditation and generative writing exercises that explore the stories inside us.
Watch Dani Shapiro video, coming soon.
Petri Berndtson“Meditative Practice and the Breath”
A free workshop offered Tuesday, October 27, 7-8:30pm in the Trustees Pavilion at Ramapo College.A philosopher and former lecturer at Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Lahti, Finland, Petri Berndtson will speak on meditation and the profound significance of the function and meaning of breath in mindfulness practices and everyday life. He is currently editing an interdisciplinary book of essays on the philosophy, science and symbolism of breathing. His research is focused on the connection between philosophy and breathing, thinking and respiration. Petri has lectured throughout the world.
He was one of the Invited Speakers at the Life of Breath Project’s Official Launch Event (University of Bristol, UK) (www.lifeofbreath.org/Launch-event.php) and he is one of the Invited Speakers at the 3rd Annual Breath Immersion 2015 Conference (Kripula Center for Yoga and Health, MA, USA.
Pauline Oliveros “Deep Listening”
Deep Listening is a practice that encourages heightened awareness of the sounds in our environment. In this experiential workshop we will explore the difference between involuntary hearing and selective listening. Pauline Oliveros will engage the audience in her sonic (sound-based) meditations followed by a concert with composer, performer, Seth Cluett and Trumpeter, Ben Neill.
Pauline Oliveros is a composer, performer, humanitarian and senior figure in contemporary American music. She has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Oliveros is the founder of Deep Listening practice. Her most recent publication is: Anthology of Text Scores; Deep Listening Publications.
Dr. Jacqueline Ehlert “Conscious Eating”
Using an evidenced based scientific and hands-on approach, you will learn about the intertwined connection between mind-body and eating. Dr. Ehlert will take you through a full sensory eating experience and guide you through the process of making life-long changes that will benefit your health.
Traditional weight loss and weight management methods are ineffective because they do not address the biological, neurological and psychological reasons that drive us to eat. Becoming fully aware of what, where and why we eat the foods we choose is at the core of “Conscious Eating”.
Dr. Ehlert, holds a doctoral degree in eating behavior from Teacher’s College Columbia University and received her registered dietitian certification from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. She has a nutrition practice in Bergen County and has taught nutrition for the past 22 years at different colleges and universities including the faculty of dentistry at the University of Western Ontario and has run the nutrition programs for students at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is also a research fellow at Ramapo College and lecturer in the Master’s of Nutrition Program at Montclair State University and the Masters of Diabetes Education at Columbia University.
Her strength lies in her ability to communicate and synthesize complex nutrition information so that it is easily understood.
Dr. Ken Verni “Mindfulness and Anxiety: Calming our Anxious Brains with Mindful Awareness”
We all want to feel safe and secure in our lives and our surroundings. Our brain’s anticipatory functions are meant to help with this desire and yet due to the increasingly complex and high paced nature of our lives these safety functions can become over-reactive and chronically activated leaving us feeling unnecessarily anxious. Mindfulness practice helps us to calm down the fight or flight centers of the brain (described as our reptilian brain) and can also bring ease to the body. As our bodies settle down our minds settle as well, so the more ease we can cultivate in our everyday interactions the less prone we may be to activating our ‘lizard’ brain. Please consider joining this conversation as we explore how Mindful Awareness can help calm the anxious brain.
Our presenter, Dr. Ken Verni is a licensed Psychologist with over 20 years practicing mindfulness meditation. He has received advanced training as an instructor of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. As director of the NJ Center for Mindful Awareness, he is a frequent speaker and educator on the topic of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and offers trainings and workshops for professionals and the general public throughout New Jersey including leading an intensive MBSR program at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC.
Sharon Salzberg “Practicing Self-Compassion to Connect with Others”
We yearn for connection with others, but often our minds get in the way, making judgments that alienate us from one another. Our assumptions, distractions, fears, expectations, and personal sense of unworthiness can contribute to this feeling of separation. Core mindfulness and lovingkindness techniques can help us find a truer meaning of love for ourselves and others.
With mindfulness and lovingkindness techniques, and other meditation exercises, as mentioned in her upcoming book Real Love, Sharon Salzberg will guide participants through the process of seeing through layers of habit – whether rooted in fear, self-condemnation or other mental conditioning – to find a truer meaning of love for themselves, for their loved ones, and for all beings and grow this sense of connection.
Suitable for both new and experienced meditators, the course will consist of guided meditations, talks and time for questions and answers. There will be a book signing of the book, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditaiton (available for purchase), before the lecture
Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. Sharon has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding retreats worldwide since 1974. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, former contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine, and the author of many books including “Real Happiness,” and “Lovingkindness.” She has appeared in Time Magazine, Self, More, Real Simple and on msnbc.com. For more information please visit her website at www.SharonSalzberg.com
Sponsored in part by the Lenz Foundation.
Dr. Nancy Cotter “Mindfulness for Your Health and Well being”
Join us for an interactive lecture that will provide an overview of the body of research supporting the use of mindfulness for your everyday health and well-being. Learn how mindfulness can positively impact many areas of your life; such as work, relationships, sleep, physical health and nutrition. Participants will begin to create a more “mindful me” as they experience and learn different techniques for inviting mindfulness into their everyday lives.
Nancy Ann Cotter is the Lead Physician for Integrative Medicine at the Veterans Association in New Jersey. She is also a Physician for the VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation and is helping to guide the implementation of Integrative Health throughout the United States.
Dr. Cotter is a graduate of McGill University and SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine. She is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Integrative/ Holistic Medicine and Medical Acupuncture, and holds certifications as a Nutrition Specialist and Functional Medicine practitioner. Dr. Cotter also has training in herbal medicine, osteopathic manipulation and energy medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. She uses nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine and lifestyle modification as first line tools in her practice.
Dr. Cotter was the founding Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at Atlantic Health in New Jersey. She has authored over 20 publications in Integrative Medicine and pursues research interests in the use of Integrative Medicine modalities in the conventional setting.
Cultivating Presence in Relationships with Florence Meleo-Meyer, M.S.,M.A, Center for Mindfulness UMass
Mindfulness, the innate human capacity to be aware in the present moment, with interest and curiosity, can be directly experienced and cultivated with meditation practices. Mindfulness meditation, is practiced both formally and informally. Formal practice includes setting aside time on a regular basis with the specific intention to be present and awake, moment to moment. Informal practice is an invitation to pause many times in a day and choose to be present. Mindfulness, also known as “heartfulness”, is present in all moments of a day, and all days of a life. The potential mental stability, awareness, and greater ease that are associated with the practice of mindfulness can be integrated with intention in relationships with other people. Many people share that, for them, relationships are a source of great joy and, at times, stress. Interpersonal mindfulness offers a means to experience greater freedom as we interact with others.
In our evening together, you will be guided with mindfulness practices, sample a practice of relational mindfulness, explore how we as social beings, long for connection and also can infuse our interactions with greater awareness and compassion, which can enhance quality of life.
For more information on speaker Florence Meleo-Meyer
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, is director of Train the Trainer Program in Oasis Institute, Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness, in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester, Massachusetts. At the CFM for twenty-two years, her work has focused on training MBSR teachers for over 18 years. As director of the Train the Trainer Program, she is dedicated to the development of trainers of MBSR teachers with the intention of extending the potential benefits of MBSR to future generations, and across cultural, and socio-economic groups.
She has taught and presented at medical centers, clinics, non-profit and private sector organizations around the world. She has consulted and collaborated on mindfulness-oriented healthcare provider education programs with colleagues at the Drexel College of Medicine and the University of Rochester Medical School. She is author and narrator of a DVD for young adults, Living Awake™, a contributor to the books, Mindfulness in the Therapeutic Relationship, The MBSR Workbook for Anxiety, and author of a book chapter about teaching MBSR to be published in the summer of 2016.
Day of MindfulnessBlue Cliff monks
The Krame Center hosted a Day of Mindfulness for Ramapo faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 with activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a meditation open to Ramapo and the local community at 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. The monks from Blue Cliff joined the day of mindfulness and led a guided meditation, a talk on mindful living and a mindful walk.
Forgive For Good with Fred Luskin, Ph.D, Stanford University
October 13, 2016
The 9 steps of forgiveness from the Stanford Forgiveness Project will be highlighted. This ground breaking approach offers insights into the healing powers and medical benefits of forgiveness. Dr. Fred Luskin offers a powerful method in which the emphasis is of letting go of hurt, helplessness and anger while increasing confidence, hope and happiness. Through these powerful techniques individuals can learn how to release unwanted hurts and grudges. Gratitude and compassion will also be explored as aspects of human goodness that can be developed and nourished.
Dr. Fred Luskin has completed extensive research on the training and measurement of forgiveness therapy. His research demonstrates that learning forgiveness leads to increased physical vitality, hope, greater self–efficacy, enhanced optimism and conflict resolution skills. It also shows that forgiveness lessons the physical and emotional toll of stress, and decreases hurt, anger depression and blood pressure.
Dr. Luskin is the author of the best seller Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness and Stress Free for Good. He has worked with many organizations and has trained lawyers, doctors, church leaders and congregations, hospital staffs, teachers and other professionals to manage stress and enhance forgiveness all over the United States. Dr. Luskin’s work has been featured in Time magazine, O magazine, Ladies Home Journal, U.S. News and World Reports, Parade, Prevention as well as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, U.S.A. Today and the Wall Street Journal.
Frederic Luskin, Ph.D. is the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He also serves as the Co Chair of the Garden of Forgiveness Project at Ground Zero in Manhattan.
Self-Healing for Caregivers with Dr. Michael Kearney and Dr. Radhule Weininger
In this one day seminar for clinicians and caregivers of all disciplines (including parents and those caring for the elderly or chronically ill as well as healthcare professionals) who are interested in formulating an ongoing practice for resilience and self-care, Drs. Kearney and Weininger will examine the different occupational stress syndromes–burnout, vicarious traumatization and moral distress syndrome.
Participants will explore ways to experience healing through the inner-path of mindfulness meditation and the outer-path of sensory engagement with nature. They will formulate their own customized self-care plan and discuss how to bring these insights back into the clinical setting.
Copies of A Place of Healing: Working with Suffering in Living and Dying, Spring Journal Books (2009) and Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death and Healing, Spring Journal Book (2007)
For more information on Michael Kearney, MD., FRCPI and Radhule Weininger, MD, Ph.D
Michael Kearney has over 30 years experience of working in end-of-life care. Having trained at St Christopher’s Hospice, London and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, he worked at St Christopher’s Hospice, London and later at Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. His particular interest is in integrated whole-person healthcare and in psychological and existential aspects of end-of-life care. He has written two books, which explore these issues. He has worked with Professor Balfour Mount as Visiting Professor at McGill Medical School, Montreal helping to develop teaching programs on Healing in Medicine in the undergraduate curriculum. He is currently based in Santa Barbara, California where he works as Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Associate Medical Director at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.
Radhule Weininger was trained as a physician in Germany and as a clinical psychologist in North America. She has worked for the past 20 years as a psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. Since staying in a monastery in Sri Lanka in 1981, she has been studying Buddhist philosophy and Mindfulness Meditation. She has a special interest in bridging Western and Buddhist psychology. Radhule teaches meditation and dreamwork in individual as well as in group and retreat settings and has just completed a book entitled, “Heartwork: Practicing Compassion in Daily Life.”
Creating a Mindful Classroom: Featuring Linda Lantieri, MA
leading a panel of K-12 educators-Nikki Van Ess, Erin Corcoran, Lisa Sargenti, and Kathryn Hess
For Local Educators and Administrators presented in collaboration with TMI Education.
This workshop provides educators with the opportunity to expand their understanding of mindfulness practices andl introduce hands-on strategies for use in the classroom.
This workshop features mindfulness in education expert, Linda Lantieri, MA, author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children and Director of The Inner Resilience Program. She will be giving a presentation and leading a panel of local educators who have integrated mindfulness into their classrooms.Panel members are Nikki Van Ess, Erin Corcoran, Lisa Sargenti and Kathyrn Hess. A question and answer session will follow.
About Linda Lantieri, MA
Linda Lantieri, MA has been in the field in education for over 40 years in a variety of capacities: classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle school in East Harlem, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City. She is a Fulbright Scholar and internationally known speaker in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness in Education.
Currently she serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. Linda is one of the co-founders and presently a Senior Program Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department of Columbia University, Teachers College teaching in a special Master’s Degree Program through the Mind-Body- Spirit Institute at Columbia University, Teachers College.
Linda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children (Sounds True, 2008, 2014).